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Full Report for 11/17/2009

Slayer, Megadeth and Testament Team Up For Carnage Tour
Slayer. Megadeth. Two names synonymous with fierce, crunching power. Two bands whose histories are inevitably intertwined in defining the thrash/metal genre. Individually, their respective prowess and accomplishments are impressive; but together, they're brutal and unstoppable. Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline "American Carnage," the most blistering, the most explosive, and the most eagerly-antcipated mega-tour of the winter - and you do not want to miss it.

"American Carnage" will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20. In addition, Testament, who was also on the '91 "Clash of the Titans" bill, will be Special Guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years, and making this a "must see" metal event.

"American Carnage" is the first time that Slayer and Megadeth will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour. To celebrate that, and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the "1991 price" of $10.00. These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they're gone, they're gone. - more on this story

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Dillinger Escape Plan Announce New Album
The Dillinger Escape Plan recently finished the recording of their highly-anticipated album, Option Paralysis, and are readying it as the debut release for their brand new label Party Smasher Inc / Season Of Mist.

The opus, recorded in Orange County, CA with longtime collaborator / producer Steve Evetts (The Used, Glassjaw, Every Time I Die) , will be officially available on March 23, 2010. - more on this story

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Cheech & Chong To Light Up America Again
Comedy visionaries Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong announce their 2010 North American Tour, Cheech & Chong: Get It Legal, partnering with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to promote policy change through laughter. The Live Nation-produced tour will kick off on January 16, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado at the Macky Auditorium. Tickets for this must-see comedy tour of the year go on sale in select markets beginning at 4:20 p.m. on November 20, 2009 at LiveNation.com.

Cheech & Chong: Get It Legal is the follow-up to their hugely successful reunion tour, Cheech & Chong: Light Up America, where they performed together for the first time in over 25 years. The pop culture duo performed for more than 100 audiences and quickly became one of the most sought after shows of 2008-2009. Additionally, their performance in San Antonio, Texas was filmed by the Weinstein Company and will be released as Cheech and Chong's: Hey Watch This on 4/20 of next year.

"We had an amazing time last year reconnecting with each other and our fans in a way that felt like it was part of our DNA, we were meant to be together," said Cheech Marin. "In 2010 we are looking forward to doing more classic material that people haven't seen for years and years, performing more of our songs and introducing some new bits. We've had material brewing separately for the past 25 years," said Tommy Chong.
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Now Kurt Cobain Sings YMCA- Rise Against Christmas- Eddie Trunk Selling Reviews- Dead by Sunrise Let Down- Side Band of the Year- The Cribs Tour and more
Game Nirvana it is not: If Dave, Krist and Courtney weren't angry enough, it looks like the new ability to import Band Hero songs into Guitar Hero 5 is going to push them over the edge. In this latest clip, a player has the late Kurt Cobain join the late Johnny Cash to sing the disco hit, "YMCA." Later, Kurt is used to play the Spice Girls' "Wannabe." more

Rise Against is happy to once again join KROQ's Almost-Acoustic Christmas lineup - KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2009, December 12th & 13th at Gibson Amphitheatre. December 12th will feature AFI, Rise Against, Alice In Chains, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Three Days Grace, Anberlin and Dead By Sunrise -- December 13 will feature Muse, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Phoenix, The Bravery, Metric, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant ,White Rabbits more info at KROQ
Cold have posted a new track called "Welcome 2 My World" from the new album "Epic" to their Myspace player here

The so-called "metal expert" Eddie Truck, a.k.a. some guy with a radio show, has apparently found a clever way to separate unsigned bands from their hard earned cash: charging about $150 dollars to get him to review their music. The Metal Den uncovered this bit of news here

Ignite & Death By Stereo will be playing Acoustic Benefit Show this Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 8 P.M at Lucky Strike Lanes, 20 City Blvd. West #G2, Orange, CA 92868. A special acoustic performance to benefit member of the Madball Family, Suzanne Hendriks Guerra, fighting a serious illness. All proceeds go directly towards medical expenses. $10 donation gets unlimited bowling all night.

Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has a queen. He tied the knot with singer Jessie Baylin over the weekend. more

The U.S. Library of Congress is awarding Paul McCartney its third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. An all-star tribute concert is planned for early 2010 more

Shadows Fall are pleased to announce their annual hometown holiday concert for December 26th, 2009. It will take place in Northampton, MA at Pearl Street.

Dead by Sunrise have released a video for, "Let Down", from their debut album Out of Ashes. Check it out here

Cardiff Punk Rockers John Q Public have released their new E.P "Land Ho! Deluxe Edition" to the world via SYWP Records. The CD contains 4 tracks from their previous incarnation as "May Contain Nuts" and 2 never heard before tracks giving the public a preview of what's to come from their upcoming album in 2010! more

The Cribs (now w/ Johnny Marr) have unveiled a three-week North American tour for January. more

Alice In Chains have announced that their December 2nd Italian tour date in Milan has changed venues. The show will now take place at the Palalido instead of the Alcatraz. more

Dan Marsala, lead singer of Story Of The Year has unveiled his new pop-punk project, the F**k Off and Dies. more

Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has joined forces with Rihanna and will be her 2010 world tour lead guitarist. Streaming Live from London, November 16, Rihanna and Nuno will be performing tracks from her album, Rated R, to a free online audience. more

Gary Moore is headlining Planet Rock's Xmas gig in London at O2 Islington Academy on December 2nd 2009. more

Antiquiet had this: Glassjaw seem to finally be back, after years of frustrating false starts. They recently tore up the Mayan Theater in LA with Rx Bandits, proving not only that they've still got the juice, and that the old material still holds up, but also that their forthcoming third album might be worth getting excited for more

Mammoth Grinder's latest album "Extinction of Humanity" will see its CD and digital release via Relapse Records on December 8th. "Extinction of Humanity" saw a vinyl release earlier this year via Cyclopean Records and was issued on cassette via Ghosthunt Records more

Zao has revealed that writing for their next album is well underway. more

Last week, Sports Illustrated reported that The Who had been chosen as the Super Bowl halftime act for February. However, the band has now denied that report more

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has married his girlfriend in Las Vegas. The rocker exchanged vows with Stephanie Luby in a star-studded ceremony at Sin City's Palms Hotel on Friday more

Twisted Sister will be bringing their stage show A Twisted Christmas to the Las Vegas Hilton on December 15, 16 and 17. more

Copyright Time Bomb Set to Disrupt Music, Publishing Industries. Now is the time for the industry to call in all of those big campaign contributions to the current congress. more -

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Ells Offer Free Download From Forthcoming Album
Vagrant Records will release EELS' eighth studio album End Times on January 19. EELS is the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E). End Times follows on the heels of EELS' critically acclaimed 2009 release Hombre Lobo. Right now EELS are offering a FREE download of the track "Little Bird" from the new record.

Largely self-recorded on an old four track tape machine in the basement of Everettt's Los Angeles home, the "end times" he writes about isn't "Mayan calendar conspiracy theory bull----," says Everett, but, "the state of the desperate times we live in. The bottom line-ness of it all."

While Hombre Lobo was written from the point of view of a fictional character (namely, the Dog Faced Boy of EELS' 2001 album Souljacker), End Times is purely real life as Everett sees it: a "divorce album" with a modern twist. He equates his personal loss with the world he lives in losing its integrity. This isn't Everett's first break-up record. His 1993 solo effort, Broken Toy Shop, chronicled the broken heart of a young man in his twenties. End Times focuses on the loss of a middle-aged man growing as an artist. The loss has more weight. - more including the mp3 link

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Hotel Mayhem Leads To Arrest
(Blabbermouth) According to De Telegraaf, members of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem and their crew were arrested Monday morning for allegedly causing several thousand dollars in damage to a hotel room in Tilburg, Holland.

The group performed Sunday night (November 15) at Hall Of Fame in Tilburg and had booked rooms for the night at Hotel Central.

An employee of the hotel arrived Monday morning to find hotel a big mess. Plants were thrown in the street, mirrors, a sink and curtains in the bathroom were torn apart and demolished. The beds and television were destroyed and walls were covered in spots/stains. - more on this story

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The New Loud Live Up To Their Name As Cops Shut Down Their Show For Being Too Loud
The New Loud is apparently too loud for NYC. The band was cut short only four songs into their set at CMJ 2009 when New York's finest showed up in response to a noise complaint during the band's second song. The New Loud, bypassing the club's PA, pressed on at full volume for two more songs before the club pulled the plug. All in a day's work for a band simply living up to its name!

The New Loud is a three-piece electro/punk/new wave band from the blue collar city of Milwaukee, WI. Its debut EP, Can't Stop Not Knowing consists of six tracks including an intense, frenetic cover of Radiohead's "2 + 2 = 5." The EP was produced by band member Shane Olivo and displays a tight mixture of electronic elements and natural sounds, layered obsessively with some songs using up to 80 tracks in the mix.

Five of Can't Stop Not Knowing's tracks were mixed by Mark Trombino. "Mark Trombino was the band's first choice, as all of us greatly admire him from his earlier work with Drive Like Jehu and Rocket From The Crypt, all the way up to his more modern productions such as Jimmy Eat World and Finch," says The New Loud's Olivo. The New Loud will continue its collaboration with Trombino as they begin to record a debut full-length for release during the first half of 2010.
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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine At War With Label
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has real disdain for Roadrunner Records. He joins a chorus of other metal vets including Glassjaw, Obituary, Deicide, Death and Pestilence who have openly criticized how the mall friendly label operates.

Mustaine has been frustrated at what he sees as a lack of promotion for the new Megadeth album, which he has spoken out about previously. Of course that is a common complaint, but now he is raving mad because he says that fans can't actually find the album in stores. He wrote on the following on the Megadeth forum last week: "Since we have tried and tried to find out why our records are not being stocked in so many places that our other labelmates are being stocked at, and ALL of our peers are being sold in too, and since we keep getting excuses from either the stores, the distributors, or the other people involved with getting the record in stores and out to you, I have decided that depending on how tired I am each night, I am willing to do their jobs too, and I will be waiting for you each night after we play and we (me) will be autographing records for you at our merchandise booth to support Megadeth somehow at these shows.

Please remember that I am going to be doing my best to do this for us all, although I should NOT have to do this in order to sell my new record. Talk about feeling like a beginner band, and having no real understanding of why you are being treated like you don't deserve to be treated better, but f**k it and f**k them." - more on this story

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Rewind: Van Halen Cancer- Axl Stalker- Metallicops- Britney Offered $10 Million for Sex- A Perfect Circle- Travis Barker Attacked and more of the top stories from April - June 2000
Rewind for April thru June of 2000. As we come closer to the year 2010, we're going to be taking a quick look back at some of the biggest stories of the past decade.

Van Halen announced on their official web site that Eddie Van Halen has began receiving treatment for cancer. The rock guitarist, a long time smoker, is reported to be suffering from cancer of the tongue. He began a 12-week treatment regiment last Thursday at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. more

For the past four years a thirty-nine year old women named Karen McNeil, has stalked Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. Claiming that she is the singers' wife and she speaks with him telepathically, she has been a thorn in his side. Axl had a restraining order issued against McNeil after she snuck into his Malibu home and discovered him playing his guitar in the kitchen. The restraining order forbids McNeil from going near Rose. She broke that order on Tuesday, May 16th when she allegedly tried to break into Rose's home once again. more [This is the same women recently in the news for stalking Justin Timberlake more on that]

Maynard James Keenan returns with his new band A Perfect Circle. Keenan is the bands vocalist and primary lyricist while Billy Howerdel acts as chief composer and guitarist to form the nucleus of the group. Rounding out the line up are Josh Freese of the Vandals on drums, Paz Lenchantin on bass and violin plus Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar. more

The folks at Campchaos.com have released another animated short poking fun at the Metallica vs. Napster lawsuit. The third cartoon in the "Napster Bad" series is called MetalliCOPS, a spoof on the Fox television program, "Cops". more. Cartoons are still available here

Two men attacked Travis Barker of Blink-182 Sunday in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The fight was said to be have broken out after two men started hitting on his girlfriend at a fast-food restaurant, making crude remarks. The couple left the restaurant and were attacked while walking down the street. more

British and Canadian press outlets are reporting that an American businessman contacted Britney Spears record label, Jive, and presented an offer of $10 million ($17 million Canadian) for the Teen diva to sleep with him. more

A judge has dismissed all of the claims in the lawsuit filed by former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent against his old band mates. The suit was filed in July of 1997 and accused Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of cheating him out of royalty income. more

In an age when multi-platinum bands are suing mp3 sites, Limp Bizkit is getting paid by them. Napster is onboard as the sponsor for a free tour to feature Limp Bizkit, Cypress Hill and an as yet unnamed third act. more

Billy Corgan announced that the Smashing Pumpkins are throwing in the towel. Corgan made his surprising announcement on the alternative radio station KROQ in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Originally the band planned to tell the world they were breaking up when they released their latest album MACHINA/the machines of GOD. However they changed their minds fearing the announcement would overshadow the album. Corgan told KROQ "But now that the album is out, it's fine. We wanted to make one more album to leave things on a positive note." more

A former employee of James Brown filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Godfather of Soul last week. Lisa Agbalaya claims that when she turned down Mr. Brown's sexual advances she was fired. Agbalaya is suing for $2 million for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. more

With all the controversy surrounding fans trading MP3 files as of late, Courtney Love says that it's the Record Companies who are ripping off artists, not the fans. more

Motorhead's drummer was busted for raising hell in a Holiday Inn in Denver last Friday. Mikkey Dee and two other people who are attached to the current Motorhead tour were arrested after another guest at the hotel complained about the noise the three were making in the hallways at 4:30 am. more

Many thought he was a weirdo for changing his name to a glyph. It turns out he was just being a shrewd businessman. That's right, Prince is once again Prince. No more artist formally known as. The purple one says he doesn't plan to change his name again as he much prefers his given birth name, Prince Rogers Nelson. more

Another story that shows that some things never change: Rapper DMX is back in the news. In March a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court. On Wed, May 3rd, the rapper turned himself in to police in Ceektowage, N.Y. more

MTV news is reporting that Kevin Cadogan has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against his former bandmates in Third Eye Blind. The federal lawsuit was filed last week against the band, lead vocalist Stephen Jenkins and others. Cadogan's lawsuit includes claims of fraud and breach of contract. more

Pollstar reports that MTV has banned the new video from Primus. MTV apparently felt that the video for "Lacquer Head" was too pro-drug. more

Have you heard the urban legend that claims that Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is perfectly synced to the movie "The Wizard of Oz "? Looks like subscribers of the Turner Classics Movie channel will be able to witness the legend first hand. more

The tables have turned. MP3Board, Inc which operates an MP3 search site of the same name filed a lawsuit on June 2nd against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). more

We'll be back tomorrow with a look at the biggest stories from July thru September of 2000 as our end of the decade countdown continues. - more on this story

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Hanoi Rocks Members To Play Together Again
(SleazeRoxx) Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe has confirmed that his old bandmate Sami Yaffa will be playing bass on Monore's upcoming solo album.

Monroe states, "I'm still working away on new material and it's coming along quite good. I'd rather take my time as there's really no point rushing the creative process. Like I often say, "better to wait than to have nothing much to wait for".

There's been some speculation amongst people about Sami Yaffa and me working together and I'm very happy to confirm that yes, Sami Yaffa will indeed be the bass player in my new band and on the new record. We're also writing some songs together and so on. - more on this story

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